You can connect the DVD/CD-ROM device to a physical DVD or CD-ROM device on the system running the vSphere Client.


In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.


Click the Hardware tab and select the DVD/CD-ROM drive.


Select or deselect the Connected check box to connect or disconnect the device.


If you do not want the CD-ROM drive connected when the virtual machine starts, deselect Connect at power on.


Select the Client Device under Device Type.


Select the mode used for the connection.

Passthrough IDE (raw). Use mode only for remote client device access.

Emulate IDE. Use to access a host CD-ROM device.

The host CD-ROM device is accessed through emulation mode. Passthrough mode is not functional for local host CD-ROM access. You can write or burn a remote CD only through pass-through mode access, but in emulation mode you can only read a CD-ROM from a host CD-ROM device.


In the drop-down menu under Virtual Device Node, select the node the drive uses in the virtual machine.


Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.

To connect this device, you must power on the virtual machine, then click the Connect CD/DVD button in the toolbar.